For Immediate Release: June 10, 2011
Contact: Robin Burns,
Washington, D.C.— The members of the selection committee for the Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance (consisting of the president, the general secretary, and the current and immediate past chairs of the Association’s Committee on College and University Governance) voted unanimously to confer the award this year on Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli, president of Georgia Perimeter College (GPC), a regional nonresidential two-year multi-campus institution located around the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Anthony Tricoli has been president of the college, which is the third-largest institution in the University System of Georgia, since fall 2006, having previously served as president of West Hills College, in Coalinga, California. Dr. Tricoli received an associate of arts degree from Golden West College (1976), a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whittier College (1978), a master’s degree in education/counseling from the University of Redlands (1979), and an EdD in college leadership and administration from Pepperdine University (1984).
According to one senior faculty member who nominated President Tricoli for the Brown Award, “Four years ago, GPC faculty and staff desperately needed strong, fair leadership to break the malaise of cynicism and despair that engulfed the institution.” With President Tricoli’s arrival and his “passionate commitment to shared governance, teamwork, and collaboration, he restored trust. . . . Our Governance and Policy website is a model of inclusivity and transparency.” Another faculty member spoke of the president as having “reinvigorated our sense of community and mission.” Yet another senior professor noted that under President Tricoli the “faculty find themselves, more than at any time in recent years, dealing as professionals and equals in a cooperative and consultative process for academic decision making.”
The Brown Award is given to American college or university administrators or trustees “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to shared governance.” It was established in 1998 in memory of Ralph S. Brown, who served as AAUP president and general counsel and headed many AAUP committees during his forty-four years of service to the Association. The award is not conferred annually; the Association reserves the distinction for those occasions when some accomplishment in the area of shared governance is identified as so outstanding as to merit being singled out.
The American Association of University Professors is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that promotes academic freedom by supporting tenure, academic due process, and standards of quality in higher education. The AAUP has approximately 47,000 members at colleges and universities throughout the United States.